When And How Often To The Pediatrician?

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When And How Often To The Pediatrician?
When And How Often To The Pediatrician?
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Visit to the pediatrician - when and how often?

There are different reasons that make a visit to the pediatrician necessary. In addition to preventive measures such as mother-child pass examinations or vaccinations, various abnormalities and signs of illness give rise to a visit to the pediatrician's practice. The complaints of young patients cannot always be clearly assigned to parents. Therefore, the principle applies: Better to go to the pediatrician once too often than once too little.


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When to the pediatrician?

Regular visits to the pediatrician serve, on the one hand, to provide preventive health care for children and adolescents. This includes, among other things, the care and support with questions about vaccinations, breastfeeding, nutrition, allergies and intolerances as well as the performance of preventive examinations. These are recorded in the mother-child passport until the child is five years old. More on the topic: mother-child pass

In addition, there can be many other reasons that make a visit to the pediatrician necessary, such as signs of illness, developmental disorders or other abnormalities. Signs of illness cannot always be clearly assigned to babies and toddlers in particular; it is often difficult to tell if medical attention is needed. Even older children cannot always reliably state where it hurts or what ailments they have. For example, children often tend to unify various symptoms as "stomach aches".

In general, children and adolescents up to the age of 18 are looked after by specialists in paediatrics. The reason for a visit to the pediatrician should be when you observe your child, for example

  • has a high fever that does not respond well to medication
  • Refused to eat or drink,
  • complains of pain that cannot be alleviated (e.g. by distraction, playing, caring),
  • behaves clearly differently than usual (e.g. confused or listless).

Symptoms such as fever lasting several days without improvement, earache, pain or abnormalities when urinating, skin rash, changes in weight, agonizing cough and shortness of breath should always be clarified by a doctor.

Basically, in the event of illness or in case of doubt: Better to go to the pediatrician once too often than once too little.

When to the hospital

In all acute cases outside of the usual consultation hours, the outpatient departments of the children's hospitals are available. In the event of serious illnesses or injuries, these should be visited directly. Bear in mind that the capacities there are very limited and a longer waiting time can be expected under certain circumstances!

In an emergency, call the ambulance on 144. More on the topic: Emergencies in children

How often to the pediatrician?

The mother-child pass serves as the basis for the baby's first visits to the pediatrician. In order to be able to claim the full amount of the child care allowance, the first ten mother-child pass examinations must be completed (the first five examinations are carried out during pregnancy). The other examinations provided in the mother-child pass are also important for your child in order to identify undesirable developments in good time. This applies in particular to disturbances in attention, reactions to the environment, play behavior, etc. But the development of language, motor skills and general behavior must also be observed, as well as physical developments. Because only an early diagnosis of developmental disorders prevents delays in the necessary therapeutic measures.

If these deviations and disorders are recognized in early childhood, parents can take action together with doctors or psychologists or therapists before the child starts school. If it is a matter of illness-related disorders, the costs are covered by social insurance. In the case of pure developmental disorders, social security does not cover the costs or only partially.

It is also advisable to seek medical advice before or at the beginning of puberty. The topics are alcohol, drugs and sexuality, among others.

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